Swingin' Down Yonder

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Swingin' Down Yonder
Studio album by Dean Martin
Released August 1, 1955
Recorded September 30, 1954, October 7, 1954, and February 4, 1955, Capitol Recording Studio, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California
Genre Vocal
Length 33:34
Label Capitol
Producer Lee Gillette, Voyle Gilmore
Dean Martin chronology
Dean Martin Sings
(1953)
Swingin' Down Yonder
(1955)
Pretty Baby
(1957)

Swingin' Down Yonder is the first full-length, 12-inch album recorded by Dean Martin for Capitol Records during three sessions in September and October 1954 and February 1955. According to the original sleeve notes, all the songs have a "common geographical root: the American South." In 1963, Capitol Records re-released Swingin' Down Yonder under the titled Southern Style.

The 1991 Capitol Records CD reissue added eight bonus tracks which for the most part uphold the Dixieland sound. By contrast, the 2005 Collectors' Choice reissue selected four bonus tracks of dubious connection to the American South, including "Under the Bridges of Paris".

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Track listing[edit]

LP[edit]

Capitol T-576

Side A[edit]

Track Song Title Written By Recording Date Session Information Time
1. "Carolina Moon" Benny Davis and Joe Burke September 30, 1954 Session 3538; Master 13029-6 2:35
2. "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" Lewis F. Muir and L. Wolfe Gilbert October 7, 1954 Session 3544; Master 13056 2:19
3. "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" Leon René, Otis Rene, Clarence Muse September 30, 1954 Session 3538; Master 12717 2:52
4. "Mississippi Mud" Harry Barris and James M. Cavanaugh September 30, 1954 Session 3538; Master 12705 3:08
5. "Alabamy Bound" Ray Henderson, B.G. DeSylva and Bud Green February 4, 1955 Session 3690; Master 13551 1:45
6. "Dinah" Harry Akst, Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young February 4, 1955 Session 3690; Master 13550-6 2:21

Side B[edit]

Track Song Title Written By Recording Date Session Information Time
1. "Carolina in the Morning" Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn October 7, 1954 Session 3544; Master 135073-3 2:17
2. "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" Henry Creamer and J. Turner Layton September 30, 1954 Session 3538; Master 13030 2:21
3. "Georgia on My Mind" Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell October 7, 1954 Session 3544; Master 13051-6 3:03
4. "Just a Little Bit South of North Carolina" Sunny Skylar, Bette Cannon and Arthur Shaftel October 7, 1954 Session 3544; Master 13050 2:07
5. "Basin Street Blues" Spencer Williams February 4, 1955 Session 3690; Master 13548 2:23
6. "Is It True What" They Say About Dixie? Irving Caesar, Sammy Lerner and Gerald Marks February 4, 1955 Session 3690; Master 13549-4 2:29

7" EP Set (Same credits as LP)[edit]

Capitol F1-576

Side A[edit]

Track Song Title
1. "Carolina Moon"
2. "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee"

Side B[edit]

Track Song Title
1. "Basin Street Blues"
2. "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?"

Capitol F2-576

Side A[edit]

Track Song Title
1. "When It's Sleepy Time Down South"
2. "Mississippi Mud"

Side B[edit]

Track Song Title
1. "Georgia On My Mind"
2. "Just a Little Bit South of North Carolina"

Capitol F3-576

Side A[edit]

Track Song Title
1. "Alabamy Bound"
2. "Dinah"

Side B[edit]

Track Song Title
1. "Carolina in the Morning"
2. "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans"

Compact Disc[edit]

1991 Capitol CD, Catalog Number CDP 7 94306 2 (original album plus eight more tracks)[edit]

Track Song Title Written By Recording Date Session Information Time
1. "Hominy Grits" Smiley Burnette July 2, 1952 Session 2695; Master 10354-2 3:02
2. "I'm Gonna' Paper All My Walls With Your Love Letters" Teddie Powell and Bernie Wayne March 3, 1950 Session 1646; Master 5606-2 3:31
3. "Muskrat Ramble" Edward Ory and Ray Gilbert March 3, 1950 Session 1646; Master 5607-6 3:05
4. "Be Honest With Me" Gene Autry and Fred Rose March 28, 1950 Session 1693; Master 5800-3 2:40
5. "I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine" Mack David March 28, 1950 Session 1693; Master 5662-2 1:56
6. "Bye Bye Blackbird" Ray Henderson and Mort Dixon April 27, 1950 Session 1725; Master 5919-2 3:05
7. "Happy Feet" Roy Ross and Al Stillman April 27, 1950 Session 1725; 5920-6 2:32
8. "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" Shelton Brooks April 28, 1950 Session 1726; Master 5925-3 2:32

2005 Collectors' Choice Music CD, Catalog Number WWCCM05992 (original album plus four more tracks)[edit]

Track Song Title Written By Recording Date Session Information Time
1. "I'll Gladly Make the Same Mistake Again" Sammy Cahn and David Holt August 12, 1954 Session 3497; Master 12911-5 2:34
2. "Three Wishes" Jack Elliott and Harold Spina March 9, 1949 Session 1221A; Master 4090-2 2:38
3. "Have a Little Sympathy" Ben Weisman and Sammy Gallop January 26, 1949 Session 1172A; Master 3906-2 2:22
4. "Under the Bridges of Paris" Vincent Scotto, Jean Rodor and Dorcas Cochran April 22, 1954 Session 3402; Master 12573 2:45

Complete Musical Credits[edit]

  • Dean Martin: Vocals
  • Dick Stabile: Leader
  • Vincent Terri: Guitar
  • Phil Stephens: Bass
  • Ray S. Toland: Drums/Contractor
  • Louis Brown: Piano
  • Gus Bivona: Saxophone (Sessions 3538 and 3544)
  • Charles O. Butler: Saxophone (Session 3690)
  • Edward R. Miller: Saxophone (Sessions 3538 and 3544)
  • Edward 'Ed' Rosa: Saxophone (Session 3690)
  • Milton Bernhardt: Trombone (Session 3690)
  • Francis L. 'Joe' Howard: Trombone
  • Thomas 'Tom' Pederson: Trombone (Sessions 3538 and 3544)
  • George M. Roberts: Trombone (Session 3544 and 3690)
  • Lloyd Ulyate: Trombone
  • Virgil P. Evans: Trumpet
  • Conrad Gozzo: Trumpet (Session 3690)
  • Emanuel 'Mannie' Klein: Trumpet (Sessions 3538 and 3544)
  • Charles E. Teagarden: Trumpet